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SIDRA3709 - Technologist I - Grouping, Screening & ID

Department: Pathology Div
Division: Pathology Dept
Contract Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 01-Oct-2017
Organizational Profile:

Sidra Medical and Research Center is a state of the art academic medical center that will function to the level of the highest international standards.  Its clinical focus is on the specialty care of women and children.

Sidra’s Vision is:  “Sidra Medical and Research Center will be a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top medical centers in the world”.

Achieving this vision will encompass three essential activities:

World Class:     Patient and Family Centered Care      Health Education        Biomedical Discovery

Sidra works closely with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and Hamad Medical Corporation across  all three activities to raise the standard of health and health care throughout the State of Qatar.

Department Profile:

The department of pathology is a professional service that provides a full range of diagnostic testing and interpretations and serves additional functions including academic training and teaching.  The hospital-based laboratory will provide diagnostic testing in Anatomical Pathology including cytopathology, histology and surgical pathology.  Blood Sciences that include Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation and Blood Transfusion.  Microbiology and Virology that also includes bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, parasitology, virology, serology and molecular pathology.  HLA and Cytogenetics, Point of care testing (POCT) and a 24/7 Phlebotomy services. 

The department of pathology will be College of American Pathologists and ISO 15189 accredited as well as Joint Commission International. The department is supported by Cerner Millennium as part of an enterprise wide CIS and will incorporate ward-based electronic testing, wireless and RFID technologies in Phlebotomy, as well as digital pathology.

Job Summary:

The Technologist I - Grouping, Screening and ID assists in the validation of all equipment and processes within the laboratory, preparation of policies and procedures in accordance with CAP/ISO15189 and JCI, and training of staff in specific techniques as appropriate to the expertise and experience of the post-holder.

Once the department becomes fully operational, the Technologist I - Grouping, Screening and ID performs a broad range of technical and analytical work with a high level of individual skill and judgment, under minimal supervision. The incumbent is required to observe and maintain a high standard of laboratory health, safety and risk procedures; and works to departmental Standard Operating Procedures, and current professional standards. The Technologist I – Grouping, Screening and ID is actively involved in the laboratories continuing professional development program, preparing and delivering presentations to a range of staff, attending internal and external lectures, and undertaking additional training courses as required. The Technologist I - Grouping, Screening and ID is part of a team of Biomedical Scientists/Technologists delivering high quality services in their specialty.  

Key Roles & Responsibilities:
  • Actively participates in the technical and analytical work of the section
  • Liaises with Technologist II and Supervisor - Blood Transfusion on appropriateness of tests, results and additional testing as required
  • Monitors, records and reports back results, participates in discussions to rectify areas of concern if necessary
  • Maintains co-operation between the sections and between disciplines by regular communication with other Technologist I grade and Senior staff
  • In liaison with the Technologist II and Supervisor - Blood Transfusion, ensures adequate stocks of reagents and consumables are available for the efficient running of the service
  • In liaison with the Technologist II and the Supervisor - Blood Transfusion, provides technical advice on, and assists in the selection / validation of new equipment
  • Takes responsibility for the maintenance and safe use of equipment within the section
  • Helps to ensure the provision of a high quality, cost-effective service with the emphasis on quality assurance in all aspects of the section supervised by monitoring and audit of internal quality control
  • Uses LIS to generate workload statistics and run queries. Assesses quality of data according to defined criteria
  • Participates in the external quality assurance schemes that the department subscribes to
  • Carries out corrective action as advised when the quality control procedures fail
  • Assists in ensuring achievement of and maintaining CAP and ISO15189 standards in the section
  • Ensures policies and procedures for the sections are adhered to
  • Participates in the training (theoretical and practical) of technical staff in methodologies, principles and procedures by way of tutorials, presentations and seminars
  • Participates in the implementation of new methodologies under the direction of the Technologist II and Supervisor - Blood Transfusion
  • Determines acceptability of specimens and/or blood or blood components, performs laboratory tests and communicates critical results in accordance with laboratory policy for assigned section and/or obtains and records results for laboratory tests according to established procedures within established TAT as delegated by the Service Chief - Pathology
  • Recognizes normal, abnormal, critical test results. Differentiates and resolves instrument and/or unexpected test results
  • Understands and adheres to process improvement principles and processes, for example, following standard work and maintaining a robust inventory concept in work area realizing that all processes are driven by the needs of the customer
  • Initiates, performs, reviews and troubleshoots quality control of reagents and test systems
  • Responsible for maintaining all clinical competencies required in section and performs in accordance with laboratory policy to provide accurate test results, slides, photographs and/or documents
  • Operates and performs daily preventive maintenance of equipment according to written procedures and documents; reports equipment malfunctions and requests service as necessary
  • Communicates with physicians, nurses, or other requestors by telephone, computer or other method that ensure confidentiality
  • Respects, and relates well to people from varied backgrounds, diverse world views, and is sensitive to group differences
  • Participates in research and development as directed by the Technologist II and the Supervisor - Blood Transfusion
  • Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies
  • Ensures that work is carried out in accordance with departmental policies.
  • Adheres to Sidra policy and infection control principles and standards to minimize patient risk and ensure high quality patient care
  • Adheres to and promotes Sidra’s Values

In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra during this pre-operational phase, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary.

Essential Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological science, Medical Laboratory sciences, Medical Technology or other relevant program
  • 2+ years relevant experience 
  • Meet the requirement for licensure by Qatar Supreme Council of Health which includes a prometric exam
  • Licensed and/or certified by an accredited licensure body in the home country 
  • Participation in Continual Professional Development/Education
  • Competent in broad range of technical processes in the general laboratory
  • Competent in several sections such as Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis and Blood Transfusion
  • Knowledge / understanding of ISO15189/CPA/CAP/ JCI standards and guidelines
  • Able to work as part of team, but also independently with minimal supervision
  • Required to participate in the 24/7 service provision of the laboratory, including weekends and holidays
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent communications skills both written and oral
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Sidra’s Organizational Values:
  • Trust: Being competent; acting consistently, reliably and predictably; acting with honesty and integrity; respecting patient, employee and commercial confidentiality; delivering on commitments
  • Care: Acting with empathy, kindness and compassion; being humble; listening and responding; acting with cultural sensitivity; Caring for patients and staff
  • Teamwork: Sharing information and knowledge and learning from demonstrated expertise; being respectful, and thereby earning respect of others; acting with professionalism; leading and following; collaborating and being accessible
  • Transparency: Frequent and honest communication; open access to information for decision making; willingly acknowledge shortcomings; speaking up about concerns; publishing performance indicators
  • Innovation: Freedom to innovate; welcoming ideas and encouraging creativity; supporting talent; creating confidence; celebrating successes
  • Efficiency: Providing measurable value; using data to drive decision making; having and achieving clear goals; building processes that work; continuously improving outcomes in patient and family care
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